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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Feb 6, 2015, 11:29 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Feb 6, 2015, 09:42:
2 hours to learn a game isn't much of a time investment and it really depends on the genre. It is really hard to make a game with depth if any user can "learn" it in 20 minutes. The best games are smart about how they unfold mechanics gradually over time.

Depends for me on how intuitive it is. Learning a game isnthenfun part if I get it. Then there are some like ck2 that are too time consuming to learn. I can spend two hours helplessly fumbling there or I can play a game.
 
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73. Re: etc., etc. Feb 6, 2015, 09:29 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Feb 6, 2015, 09:09:
The line break after every sentence and overall syntax look awfully similar to a user already on my ignore list.

That wouldn't be worthwhile.
 
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37. Re: etc., etc. Feb 5, 2015, 01:06 Beamer
 
Feminism is indeed better for women, but what you're describing is in part the fact that females have been behind males for so long that there's some significant catching up to do.

Making everything 100% equal today won't make things 100% equal. Much like how suddenly paying everyone fairly won't end the wealth inequality in the US - the people with 90% of the wealth will still have it even if we start paying someone 100% equally (which I'd never advocate, just taking to an extreme.)
 
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22. Re: etc., etc. Feb 4, 2015, 22:03 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 21:34:
Beamer wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 20:40:
She doesn't ask to ban games, she just points out common themes that are against women.
Incidentally, she just announced doing a similar series about men.

She wants games to be more inclusive and better written. Sounds like something we can all get behind, no?

No? Not like that, not by her, and not for that reason.

Harvard's a business school, and she's managed to market being a victim and turn moral outrage and into a cash enterprise.

Frankly, I think it takes a fairly incredible level of gullibility to think that she's doing any of what she does to improve anything. She doesn't give a fuck about gaming, and what she's doing isn't making things better.

And besides all of that, you don't make writing better by forcing it to be inclusive. It waters things down, makes the writing disingenuous, and forces writers to avoid taking issues head-on and forcing a reader or player to relate and really consider the effects of the situation. You don't make things better by telling people what or how to think, you just force people into their trenches and make them fight...which should be pretty goddamn obvious by now you'd think, but apparently isn't.


Your "cash enterprise" argument is what GGers call "mental Olympics." Harvard has a business school. Harvard is not a business school. It has a law school and is not a law school. It has a dental school and is not a dental school. It has 21,000 students, 2,000 of which are in HBS, likely none of which have anything to do with this award.

But she is improving things. She is forcing a conversation. Volition, in particular, has stated she has changed how they approach writing their characters.

And no, it does not water things down. Think about HL2. Remember Eli Vance? Now, HL had, what, 4 or 5 scientists faces. Why did they make Eli the black one? Why did they then make Alyx mixed race? Did it water anything down? No. Did it avoid taking issues head on? No. All it did was give 13% of the population a character that could easily have been any ethnicity one that they relate to most.

Why is this bad?
Why can't more devs do this? In FC4, the protagonist isn't white, for the first time in FC history. Did it water down the game? If the main villain in a Tomb Raider game was Hispanic instead of white, would it force writers to avoid taking issues head-on?

Frankly, I'm not even sure what "forcing writers to avoid taking issues head-on" means.
 
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15. Re: etc., etc. Feb 4, 2015, 20:40 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 20:33:
beremot wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 20:29:
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 20:19:
Asmo wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 18:41:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 17:51:
Anita Sarkeesian Named 'Harvard Humanist of the Year 2014'

Popcorn

I felt a great disturbance in the net...

Especially because humanism is the opposite of feminism.

Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence over established doctrine or faith

Which is quite hilarious when you give that award to a person that runs "Feminist Frequency" Which is anything but a bastion for critical thinking.

That said, I did not read the article Maybe they have a good reason

Someone knows how to cut and paste from wikipedia.

Let me ask you this. When it comes to Sarkeesian, and her Gator "fans" ... which side do you think is best able to think critically?


I have nothing against feminism, but she way over the top. She is so left wing, she makes the ultra liberals look conservative. I guess the harvardites think that is good lol.

Can you tell me how?

I generally find people saying this to not understand what she's saying because they don't watch a video or read a transcript, they just listen to what other people are saying.

She doesn't ask to ban games, she just points out common themes that are against women.
Incidentally, she just announced doing a similar series about men.

She wants games to be more inclusive and better written. Sounds like something we can all get behind, no?
 
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13. Re: etc., etc. Feb 4, 2015, 20:39 Beamer
 
I suppose the correct post was:

Cutter wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 19:10:
The only thing this demonstrates is what a liberal bastion Harvard is, and how dumb they are. Hey Harvard, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd love to sell you cheap.

Cutter wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 11:49:
Well, prison is full of clowns who thought they were smarter than everyone else.
 
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5. Re: etc., etc. Feb 4, 2015, 19:30 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 19:10:
The only thing this demonstrates is what a liberal bastion Harvard is, and how dumb they are. Hey Harvard, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd love to sell you cheap.

Cutter has called a few groups dumb today. But here, he says he's smarter than Harvard.


Ladies and Gentlemen: Cutter.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 4, 2015, 19:01 Beamer
 
And Captain Casual Racism from two of the most frequent offenders.  
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News Comments > Valve on the Future of High Performance Graphics
24. Re: Valve on the Future of High Performance Graphics Feb 4, 2015, 13:22 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 13:13:
SpectralMeat wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 10:35:
Valve seems to be getting into all kinds of things and not finish anything before jump on the other.
-Steam controller
-Steam OS
-Steam graphics API
-Steam VR
Lots of potential "game changer" and huge plans but everything seem to get abandoned after a few months when the hype settles.
I am waiting for Valve to announce the next big thing in mobile gaming a Valve tablet or something. Than a few months later they will just forget about it and announce the ground breaking new tech in sound technology for pc gamers.

What was that technology they were working on in the late '90's to make playing on dial-up almost as fast and seamless as on broadband? They worked on that forever and it was supposed to be shipped along with Team Fortress 2 before they scrapped everything. That was when TF2 was still a realistic military style competitive shooter.

PowerPlay.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 4, 2015, 13:21 Beamer
 
ForgedReality wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 12:14:
Wait... IBM still exists? :O

With just shy of $100 billion in revenue, it's one of the biggest companies in the world. 71st biggest, per Forbes.
 
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News Comments > Sony Online Entertainment Sold
10. Re: Sony Online Entertainment Sold Feb 2, 2015, 14:05 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Feb 2, 2015, 14:02:
When some investment guys buy your company, it's basically over. They only buy companies to sell their IP and stuff. I hope the SOE folks find new jobs quickly after the layoffs come.

Good ones, and there are lots of good ones, actually come in and fix things. Have you ever seen the show The Profit? That's a boiled down version of what good ones do.

Sadly, there are also an enormous amount of fleecers.

In this case, it's hard to see immediate advantages someone would have that Sony wouldn't. The good PE firms usually take over something poorly run, or something they have a particular skill at to run better. Here? The only thing that becomes an advantage is that SOE games can now be on more platforms.

Not sure that's good enough to trust.
 
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3. Re: Sony Online Entertainment Sold Feb 2, 2015, 13:43 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 2, 2015, 13:41:
Interesting to see what this does to H1Z1.
No clue what H1Z1 is, but I'd just point out that a PE firm buying MMOs can't be good for anyone involved.

I strongly doubt this particular one is looking to make a good game.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 2, 2015, 12:53 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 2, 2015, 12:37:
Savage Chickens Comic Strip.

They made that movie last year. It's called "Edge of Tomorrow." And it was pretty freakin' awesome.

You mean Live.Die.Repeat, haha.


And yes, it made me enjoy Tom Cruise again.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 2, 2015, 12:30 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Feb 2, 2015, 11:11:
The ads were all mobile because they realize mobile > > > > than console for making money - ahh the irony...

There's never PC ads because we already make devs rich if its a solid game, advertising not needed.

Yup, no PC game ever failed to make money if solid...


Hey, did you know that the mobile games advertised during the Superbowl outearn probably every single PC game, perhaps WoW excepted?
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Writer Leaves Gearbox
20. Re: Borderlands 2 Writer Leaves Gearbox Jan 31, 2015, 00:34 Beamer
 
Icewind wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 23:15:
NKD wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 21:04:
Anthony Burch is a nutjob. Anyone ever look into this guy?

Yeah, I have no idea why everyone here is giving him such praise. I must be following a different Burch on twitter, I guess.

If he's insane, where are you following him?

In any case, yes, some insane people make great art. Writing is full of this, but people have already mentioned Mel Gibson and Adam Baldwin, I'd add Alec Baldwin and Marky Mark as well.
 
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8. Re: etc., etc. Jan 31, 2015, 00:32 Beamer
 
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 00:02:
nin wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 21:16:
garrywong wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 19:22:
Mmm, fall out from "gamers are dead"? Serves them right.

I don't recall them participating in that, actually. Do you have a link? I didn't think they editorialized much (if at all), they just reported news.



Joystiq was one of the few major game news sites that didn't get tarred by the GamerGate brush. I don't think they covered the story and they didn't post any of those "Gamers Are Dead" articles either.

They did not do a Gamers are Dead, they were not laid off for being a games site, GamerGate did not impact them, and the cheers people are throwing over their death just points to how little many GamerGaters seem to be aware of anything at all.

People angry for the sake of being angry without knowing at what, exactly.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Writer Leaves Gearbox
8. Re: Borderlands 2 Writer Leaves Gearbox Jan 30, 2015, 19:44 Beamer
 
qsto wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 19:31:
harlock wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 19:19:
Gadzooks wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 19:15:
Yup... and as for Jack.. the script + the voice actor = Best video game villian for the past 15 years. At least imo.

lolwut
Yeah lol, I could just throw Vaas Montenegro off the top of my head without even trying, Bob Page if I just try a little... Alduin, GLaDOS, maybe?! Sheez!

1) It's an opinion, and it's subjective

2) Bob Page wasn't memorable at all. I played that game 4 times and still didn't know who he was and had to look up the name

3) Vaas was ok, but nowhere near as entertaining or memorable to me

4) GLaDOS is definitely a strong nominee, but I still give it to Handsome Jack
 
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2. Re: etc., etc. Jan 30, 2015, 19:43 Beamer
 
garrywong wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 19:22:
Mmm, fall out from "gamers are dead"? Serves them right.

Wow, do you see everything as related to GG?

Joystiq did not write one of those articles, and AOL shuttered most of their blogs, not just game related ones.

Nice try, though.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Writer Leaves Gearbox
4. Re: Borderlands 2 Writer Leaves Gearbox Jan 30, 2015, 18:56 Beamer
 
Gadzooks wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 18:05:
Wallshadows wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 17:54:
That's pretty devastating for Borderlands and Gearbox in general. Listening to the characters in BL2 was a big part of what made me enjoy it so much because they were so goddamn silly with their meat bicycles and hearing Torque talk about how badass it is to treat a woman with respect.

I wish Burch could make a 'Mr. Torque's Power Hour' TV show. I'd watch the shit out of that.

Same here. There was a pretty noticeable difference between the dialog and writing of the pre-sequel vs BL2. Namely, BL2 was much more enjoyable for me from that aspect (gun play and action were about the same).

This is a pretty big blow to BL3. Gearbox is going to have to try an reproduce the "Spark" that BL2 had, and I dont think its something easily copied without the person that it came from.

Guess all I can do now is keep my fingers crossed and hope BL3 isnt just a bigger, more watered down version of the pre-sequel.

Gearbox should have sweetened the pot for him a bit more so he wouldnt be so tempted to leave.

Handsome Jack's writing and acting made that game for me. Made.

This was the guy whose sister was Tiny Tina, rigth?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 30, 2015, 16:49 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 16:22:
People keep posting that 3D TV is dead. It's funny, since every new TV announced has 3D as a checkbox on the feature list. A bunch of journalists who can't read keep spreading this rumor that no new TVs have 3D.

The fact is that 3D is thriving. The new thing in 3D is glassless 3D, which is helped immensely by curved screens. Samsung most expensive, 108" TV that was on display had it, but somehow some journalists missed that.

Uh, every new TV does not have 3D. Vizio, the largest TV manufacturer for the US by volume, does not make 3DTVs anymore.

And the content isn't there. There are no 3DTV channels, and all the plans to release them have been canceled.

Consumers aren't using their 3D features anymore.
 
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